Wakefield Trinity Wildcats will hold a celebration of rugby league before their game with London Broncos next weekend.
Youngsters from 20 teams across the district will take to the hallowed turf at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium before the game on Friday, June 13.
The club’s community branch Wakefield Community Trust, together with support from Wakefield and District Health and Community Support (WDHCS) has also launched a new project promoting rugby league and healthy living in 20 schools.
Junior teams aged from seven to 15 will play mini games on the pitch before the Wildcats take on the Broncos - which will be new head coach James Webster’s first game in charge.
James Stephenson, of the Wakefield Trust, added: “We want it to be a celebration of rugby league across the area.
“It is a chance for the rugby league community around Wakefield and travelling supporters from London to show their support for the people who make rugby league what it is.”
The new sessions, named Happy, Healthy Fun Days, see community development officers from the club join first team players in holding rugby sessions for children.
Mr Stephenson, , said: “We’ve had a fantastic response to Happy, Healthy Fun Days so far and look forward to going into the primary schools and providing the children with some important messages about healthy living and having some fun with it in the process.
“The power of having the Wildcats players as positive role models for whom healthy living is a key part of being able to perform at the top level is great for the children to see and the impact it has on them is impossible to put a price on.
“We’re incredibly grateful to WDHCS for their support in this scheme and know that they see the engagement potential that the trust and the club have in providing a positive impact on young people within the district.”
For more information contact Mr Stephenson by calling 01924 211611 or email firstname.lastname@example.org